By Sridhar Narsing
Father of Delhi gang-rape victim has revealed her name to the British press only to deny it later but more than the victim’s identity, we need to focus on thwarting such atrocities against ordinary citizens, not necessarily women alone, in the country.
India is not what it is – a democratic republic where rule of law should be the guarantor of any citizen and the government through its police and judiciary wings carries out this basic responsibility.
But the Delhi incident has belied our faith in the government in more than 100 ways. Apart from the individual cases where rule of law was often tilted in favour of the powerful upper class or bureaucrats and politicians, no justice was done to those who could not fight.
Now that the furore over the Delhi rape incident died with the victim succumbing to her injuries, the main minor perpetrator will be out in the streets once he reaches 18 years of age and there the society is at risk writ large again. He is alone now but by example, he is like a “demon” lurking in every person in our society.
What India needs now is not temporary measures to tide over the brouhaha but long-term solutions to these day-to-day social problems. Here are 10 measures the government should ensure for the vast middle class of the country or else a consequent revolution is likely to create anarchy in the whole nation.
1. Police should be brought under the Centre’s list as states have failed to carry out these basic duties with goonda raj replacing the very fabric of every village, town and city.
2. Police reforms should be initiated and be made more participatory. Every citizen should have the option of joining the police for one day voluntary work in a week to help stem the rotten society’s growth.
3. Re-orient the basic transportation system in every town, city and village. It is high time to sensitize auto drivers who form the major chunk of our goonda raj. Films perpetrating auto rickshaw drivers’ discretion as was done in Rajinikant’s film “Bhasha” should be banned.
4. Public transportation should be provided round the clock in major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Other cities should be forced to provide more resources for a secure public transportation.
5. Women should unite and see the reason to help each other for a larger end. Instead of depending on the police or male relatives, they should be taught to be safe and secure themselves. More women-centric self-help groups should flourish in every corner of the country for women to be safe.
6. Judiciary should be rehauled and corrupt-minded legal luminaries should be identified and eased from the system. Preferably, time-bound judicial posts should be created and favouritism should be eroded from this key wing of the government. If required, this should be brought under the centre’s list.
7. Our education should be revamped to help our younger generations to learn how to respect women and the elderly as is the model in every advanced society. They should be taught about the perils of having Taliban-like society from childhood.
8. Equality, not nepotism or favouritism or caste discretion should form the social living. Though our constitution ensures all these features, in practice, we live in an old, unequal and feudal society still.
9. Vox Populi should be ensured with media, especially the internet, playing a vital role. People should be free to make complaints to new media outlets or websites and the government should be pro-active to work on those leads, instead of trying to shut the media.
10. Every citizen should realise that our society is cracking under pressure. This leads to anarchy if we don’t wake up now. If Delhi fails, the whole nation fails. And a nation’s failure leads to chaos and anarchy equivalent to a nation that was nuked overnight with atom bombs.
It is high time we, the people of India, ask ourselves whether we are giving our younger generation a safe country or anarchy.